Scorching Temperatures On The Way In Tasmania

Heatwave Alert
IF YOU wondered where summer was, it has arrived in Tasmania.

A heatwave started in Tasmania yesterday that will become “severe” today and “extreme” tomorrow, the Bureau of Meteorology says.

Hobart-based meteorologist Vicky Lucas said Tasmania’s inland areas would be hot, while conditions for the North-West and West Coast areas would be much warmer than normal.

“It’s certainly going to be a hot period for the state,” Ms Lucas said.

Heatwaves were a cause for concern with Tasmania’s ageing population, the Department of Health and Human Services Director of Public Health, Roscoe Taylor, said.

Tasmania has larger numbers of older people living for longer with chronic conditions that would render them more vulnerable to extreme events, Dr Taylor said.

The rising global climate was a cause for concern and Dr Taylor said there would be more health problems as the climate changes.

“We can see increasing frequency and severity of extreme events, even in Tasmania,” Dr Taylor said.

The DHHS has published a free guide online about how to cope with the heat.
The guide warns people who are most at risk are those over 65, young people and babies, pregnant women, people with diabetes and anyone who is confined to a bed, among others.

http://www.theadvocate.com.au/story/2018594/scorching-temperatures-on-the-way/?cs=12

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